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  1. I always buy 12 or 20 fish to grow out. Thats the old school price of finding the best fish you can. All fish gone now.
  2. Yes, yes, yes !! The Caltex near me has become Ampol too ! Even the staff shirts have changed. Someone must be psychic or has a crystal ball?
  3. Have 8 umbiferum juveniles about 5 cm if anyone can give them a good home. A mix of males and females They will need a very large tank/individual tanks. Prefer they go to a breeder. $0 for all. Pick up near Goodna. PM me to arrange. thanks Winston
  4. Yes, that's the danger of sharing video with locations. People are going to try to catch fish because they can. Even catch & release is quite stressful. Some of the nice freshwater creeks get hammered. Poor fishes
  5. Have 3 synspilum juveniles about 8cm if anyone can give them a good home. The blue speckled type. A male & 2 females most likely. $0 for all. Pick up near Goodna. PM me to arrange. thanks Winston
  6. While the stand is probably strong enough, it would only take a few minutes to add some 10G screws which are much stronger than nails. If you want to keep it neat, drill a 6mm or 8mm hole and hammer in some wooden dowel that can be cut off flush and sanded even.
  7. Poured down that night. Was a wise decision to cancel.
  8. There isn't much benefit adding vitamins to a wet or frozen food mix. Water soluble vitamins will quickly degrade. Fat soluble vitamins have terrible uptake for fish. If you dry the food (without cooking the vitamins) that would work but that's a lot of effort. using fresh (uncooked) ingredients and fast freezing is probably the best way to get good nutrition.
  9. Does QCG have a webpage? It's an outdoor event to reduce COVID restrictions. So if rain is predicted then not many people would turn up. It's a lot of effort to organise.
  10. Black Ghost Knife... ! Well done to those that guessed close. Im looking for a few more larger ones if you see any. Will probably have to grow up a dozen from small in the meantime.
  11. You can buy these overseas, online koi stores would stock. Or use standard 4mm gang valve and aquarium airline as a step up sleeve if you don't mind the bottleneck constriction. Or make up your own by tapping thread into PVC conduit and buying threaded valves. Very easy to do. Where did you buy 8mm weighted airline from? Does it require high air volume? I was going to use in fish transporters but ended up using several 250mm airstones instead which can use 8mm or 4mm airline. Much easier to replace and keep spares.
  12. Draining the tank will help. Probably not going to make myself popular but I use an electro fisher to catch very fast fish out of big tanks or with lots of rocks. Some fish bury themselves under gravel. You can dial up or down the current accordingly. It only stuns them briefly.
  13. I was growing up and looking forward to breeding this species but they are territorial unless you crowd them. I had three in the same tank but only two were coming out of caves to eat so I looked a bit closer and found this below... have decided to, separate the survivors. So the quiz is "What am I?". I'm happy to answer any questions with a YES or NO until someone guesses the species.
  14. Don't forget Adrian Tappins fabulous rainbowfish eBook. (free). Amazing photos and lots of information.
  15. Fishes of the Murray-Darling basin. 170 pages. Readily available from $20 or free eBook at https://www.mdba.gov.au/sites/default/files/pubs/MDBA-Fish-species-book.pdf
  16. Ecology of Freshwater Australian Fishes by CSIRO is an informative reference. Hardcover editions available from $100. eBook download from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282480384_Ecology_of_Australian_Freshwater_Fishes
  17. Does make you wonder how many goldfish have already been taken.... or frogs, lizards, snakes etc. Pity electric eels are banned.
  18. Okay, my reply is 9 years late but better late than never. A very simple flood alert can be made from a house smoke alarm. The alarm already has the 110dB siren, battery holder and connections. Just soldier 2 wires across the TEST bridge button. Dangle the other end of wires into tank at the fill level and when the water reaches this spot the electrical circuit is completed. EDIT - My water level alarm finally died after 15 years of faithful service. I went down to Bunnings and was shocked at the prices for new,smoke detectors. And the newer models use particle detectors. However, I found a water alert for $13 which is still $10 more than what I wanted but it's easily adapted in a similar fashion. Has anyone got a water tap controller & app on their phone?
  19. If you dig the pond floor down well below the frost line and place polystyrene between the wooden case and pond liner /fiberglass. Use bifenthrum treated polystyrene to stop worm & insect attack. Use several airstones (kept off the bottom to reduce bottom mulm) over winter to prevent surface ice although some ice fine. Do install bottom drains if possible. Koiphen is the better online koi resource. They are fanatical about their Koi and most of their members are in the northern hemispheres like you.
  20. Are there any sponsors anymore? I don't believe QLDAF memberships provide any discounts anywhere anymore? Not surprising, this is a fairly quiet forum.
  21. I've used them. Digital gauge is nice. They cut off and on within a narrow range and do turn on reliably.
  22. for the information within or for your book collection ? ABE Books has 2 copies from US$270. You could try Yahoo Japan or Taiwan. I have about 1200 aquarium book titles, I constantly look in used book stores in every city/country I visit, ex library sales, book fest, check online book exchanges and fish forums. I've only seen this title three times in the last 15 years. I could photograph a relevant section if your stuck but not the whole book (copyright).
  23. It is not gill fluke (although they may be present). I suggest you buy iodine gel ointment (chemist or supermarket). Net fish, pull out of water but leaving it in net until it stops wriggling and dab iodine gel directly on the wound with your finger or cotton bud. Take your time, you want to stain the wound but avoid the inner red gill fillaments. If your nervous, try this on another fish or mid body part first but it's easy. then release. Net will stain so don't use your favorite net. that's probably all you need but could repeat after 24 hours. Iodine is effective against bacterial, fungal & viral issues. Do get the gel type, not liquid as it's near the gills. Hospital tank would benefit with salt (not Epsom salt).
  24. There is a guy called Gary with a one person aquatic plant farm in Beenleigh. He used to sell to the public out of his white van every second Sunday at Rocklea Market although I have not visited for a couple of years. Excellent healthy plants, very well priced although some are grown under mist (emersed ) not submerged. It's far from the north side though. send me a PM if you want his mobile number.
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